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HSE issues measles warning to passengers on Dublin-bound flight

Robert Besser
26 May 2024

DUBLIN, Ireland: Health officials have issued a warning to passengers and crew members on a recent Ryanair flight from London Gatwick to Dublin.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has advised those on board flight FR123, which departed at 8:10 PM on May 16, that they may have been exposed to measles.

In a public health announcement, the HSE stated: "We ask you to be particularly vigilant for symptoms of measles for 21 days from exposure until June 7."

The advisory noted that individuals who have received two doses of the MMR vaccine, have previously contracted measles, or were born in Ireland before 1978 are "probably immune." Those who are not immune should avoid contact with vulnerable groups, including pregnant women, infants under 12 months, and individuals with weakened immune systems until after June 7.

Healthcare workers on the flight must inform their line managers about their potential exposure.

Measles symptoms include cold-like signs such as a runny nose, sneezing and coughing, sore red eyes, a high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above, and a rash that usually starts on the head and neck before spreading.

"If you develop these symptoms, please seek medical advice," the HSE urged. "Phone ahead before attending any healthcare setting to inform them of your symptoms so they can make necessary arrangements to prevent further spread."

Those who have not been fully vaccinated with two doses of the MMR vaccine should contact their GP to discuss whether they need vaccination.

"The best way to protect yourself and those around you against measles is by MMR vaccination," the HSE emphasized. "Children should receive their first dose of MMR vaccine at one year of age and a second dose in junior infants at 45 years of age. There is also a free catch-up MMR option via participating GPs for those who may have missed their vaccination when younger."

For more information about measles, visit the HSE website.

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